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Wheels of Love: USA

Sunday, May 23, 2021 * Lewis Morris Park, Morristown, NJ

144 RIDERS
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DAYSHOURSMINUTESSECS
May 23, 2021
$72,419
Money Raised
72% raised of $100,000

Great course. Great cause.

Spectacular routes. Choose from one of two distances: 35 miles and the other 60 miles, taking you through picturesque Morris County.

Safety, swag, and a little something to eat. Route-wise and COVID-wise, your safety is our top priority. Routes are fully staffed and supported, and all COVID restrictions followed. Plus, you’ll be rewarded for boosting our fundraising with a custom ride jersey and other fun swag, and enjoy kosher light-bites before and during the ride.

Because doing good is how YOU roll!

Registration is easy. $72 registration fee, fundraising minimum just $360.

Register Now

For more information please call (212)869-8085
www.alynus.org

Routes

COVID-RELATED PROTOCOLS:

We are monitoring health and safety guidelines and will abide by all CDC-recommended protocols and New Jersey State rules. Please follow all communications from us and check the website for updates.

FIELD LIMIT: Cyclists will set out in staggered groups of 25 riders, unless protocols for outdoor events change.

MASK UP: Face coverings will be mandatory any time you’re not riding your bike. This includes at the start, at the aid stations, interacting with staff, volunteers and locals, and at the finish.

PRE-EVENT SCREENING: We will check your temperature and ask you questions regarding your possible exposure to COVID before the start. If you feel sick or may have been exposed to COVID -19, do NOT come to the event! We WILL refund your registration fee.

NO MASS-START: There will be staggered start times to keep to groups of 25 at a time. You will receive more information as we get closer to May 23.

REST STOPS: Food will be served by volunteers wearing gloves and masks. Cyclists will be asked to maintain proper social distance while waiting in line.

NO PARTY AT THE FINISH Let us know you’re back safe and sound and you will receive a finisher’s gift. We kindly ask that you not congregate in the area. There’s plenty of space in Lewis Morris Park to spread out so you can recover before heading home.

LODGING

If you are traveling and/or would like to stay near the ride start, we have held a block of rooms at Hyatt House (https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/new-jersey/hyatt-house-morristown/morxm). The hotel is only 15 minutes from Lewis Morris Park.

194 Park Avenue, Morristown, NJ
1-866-974-9288

Group Code: G-WOLU

Prices:

One Bedroom King Suite $100
One Bedroom Double Suite $115

Reservations must be made by May 10, 2021.

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors!

Our sponsors make a difference. We are so grateful for our corporate partners who have generously supported this event. Because doing good is how they roll!

Chamois Butt’r – Pepsico – Romag – Beth Singer Design – Herr’s – Double Star Coaching – Laura Solomon and Associates – Sammy’sBike GuyJulio’s Fruit Patis Bakery

 

If you are on Strava, go to “Explore-Clubs” and request to join the club for your route. If you are not yet on Strava, go to Strava.com and open a free account. When you upload your rides, they will appear here.  (You will need a GPS device to record your activity.)

Your ALYN Fundraising Tool Kit

We know that for many of you, the thought of asking friends for money to fundraise for the ride is uncomfortable and might be uncharted territory. Don’t worry – fundraising is much easier and more rewarding than you might expect, especially when you are raising money for such an incredible cause.

ALYN Hospital is such a unique and special place, that once you share with others about the hospital and the children receiving rehabilitation there, people will be willing to support you. How do we know? We have over 20 years of experience and thousands of riders who have successfully raised money for ALYN as proof.


WHERE TO START

Remember, the people who will sponsor you will do so because of your relationship with them. They are YOUR friends and YOUR family! They trust what you have to say. The more personal you can make the request, the better.

Start by personalizing your fundraising page. You can login to your page and personalize the text and upload a special picture of yourself.

Once you have your page set up the way you like it, send the link with an email to your contacts. You can post it on Facebook or other social media. Again, the more personal you can make the request, the more likely you are to receive a favorable response.

Remember the four basic rules:

  1. Aim high. Set an ambitious fundraising goal for yourself. The minimum you need to raise is $360 but most of our riders will raise a lot more. If you can ride a bike,  you can certainly go the extra mile for the children of ALYN. 
  2. Make a personal donation. Lead by example. To convince others to make a contribution, it helps to show that you are equally committed to the cause. Your registration fee helps pay for the ride logistics; donations are sent directly to the hospital.
  3. Ask friends and family. It’s easiest to start with those closest to you. Once you convey your excitement about participating in Wheels of Love and they learn about ALYN, they will be happy to support you. Suggest an amount with which they would be comfortable.
  4. Expand your asking circle. If you think beyond closest family and friends, there are endless possibilities: neighbors, work colleagues and business associates, acquaintances from school, college, synagogue/church, the health club and your biking club. If you work for a company with a matching gifts program, you may be able to multiply the effect of your gift. A basic rule of fundraising is that the main reason people give is because they have been asked by someone they know and trust. That someone is you!

Thank you letters.

Make sure to send a short, personal thank you to each sponsor. Your sponsors will also receive an official thank you and receipt from ALYN, but they will appreciate the personal outreach and the sincere gratitude.

OTHER FUNDRAISING IDEAS
Corporate sponsorships. Wheels of Love offers public relations opportunities in exchange for corporate sponsorships. There are a number of underwriting opportunities. Please contact the office with questions.

Fundraising events. Fundraising doesn’t only have to include sending emails and letters. A number of our riders have come up with creative ways to engage their friends, family members and community to help raise funds for their ride. Things that have been done in the past:

  • Spin class held at a local gym
  • Bowl-a-thon
  • Trampoline park outing
  • Team gear (hats, training jerseys) created with corporate sponsorships
  • Wine and cheese reception

If there is an event you would like to hold, the office would be happy to help in any way we can, including sending ALYN swag. We are here to support you in your fundraising.

Please contact us at any time for ideas or to edit your fundraising page online. Good luck with this important task and we can’t wait to see you!

If you use the letter below, make sure to personalize it with your name and the link to your fundraising page.

To send this letters automatically, just go to your fundraising page, log in, and select the sponsors you wish to send the letter to.


Sample letter

Dear NAME,

I’m very excited to share with you that this May I will be participating in the Wheels of Love: USA charity bike ride to benefit ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel’s premier rehabilitation facility for children with disabilities.

Every year, over 3,000 children come to ALYN to receive best-in-class care. Money raised through Wheels of Love is critical to ensuring that ALYN can continue to do amazing work – turning disabilities into abilities! You can learn more about ALYN at www.alyn.org.

This year’s fundraising goal for Wheels of Love: USA is to raise $50,000 to help bridge the shortfall gap between reimbursements and the actual costs of the high-level services provided to the children. My personal fundraising goal is $XXXX. The financial toll of the global pandemic means that we need your support now more than ever.

There are two easy ways to donate:

  1. Donate online with a credit card at (INSERT YOUR FUNDRAISING LINK).
  2. You can also send a check:

American Friends of ALYN Hospital
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1519
New York, NY  10168.

Thank you, in advance, for supporting me and being as generous as you can be.

The American Friends of ALYN is a qualifying 501(c)(3) organization, and your contribution is tax deductible in the US. If you work for a company with a matching gifts program, you may be able to multiply the effect of your gift.

The work that ALYN does is inspiring. The more you can relate to your friends and family about the impact ALYN has on children, the more effective your fundraising will be. Here are three stories that demonstrate how important ALYN has been to so many families.


Roi: Coping with Cancer

Roi is 9 ½ years old from Jerusalem, the second of four children. He likes to play games like Legos, marbles, chess, checkers and to draw. He is an excellent student and particularly good at math.

Roi was diagnosed in January 2017 with brain cancer and came to ALYN Hospital after beginning his treatment. From the Channel 2 news broadcast: Roi started his treatment at ALYN Hospital as an inpatient in our Rehabilitation Department and is now a patient in the Day Hospitalization Department, coming for intensive therapeutic treatments four days a week. After the removal of the cancerous growth from the back of his head, he experienced serious developmental decline and didn’t talk or move for a long time.

Roi now is still too weak to walk alone or without the assistance of a walker, and uses a wheelchair for longer distances. At ALYN Hospital, Roi benefits from hydrotherapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and emotional support therapies such as music & art therapy.

Since Roi has been missing regular school for many months, he also learns in our Learning Center so that he can keep up with his studies. “Hebrew and math are important to me” he says in the interview. His mother Gina says, “It wasn’t obvious that he would have his . . . anything. We had no idea what he would gain back, what he wouldn’t gain back. He loves math, so for me that’s amazing.” Later in the interview she says, “Every stage that he reaches, it’s simply a miracle.”

At the end of the interview, Roi says about his treatment at ALYN Hospital, “It helps me be myself and it helps me return to who I was before the surgery. A regular kid.”

 
Adina: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injury

Please help me help the kids at ALYN walk, talk, and go home to their families. I know what it’s like to be one of those kids. Because their story is my story”

Adina Elbaz was 16 years old when she was involved in a horrific accident. She was crossing the street on her way to school when a minibus hit her. She suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and multiple injuries and traumas.

After her life was stabilized at another hospital, she was brought to ALYN for rehabilitation. She was unable to walk, talk, or do any activities independently. In the beginning of her treatment, she lived at ALYN 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.

Her mother was with her every morning, her father every evening, and family friends around the clock so that she was never alone. ALYN provided her with hydrotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychological treatment, and a range of other therapies. A team of around ten doctors, therapists, and specialists worked with her every day.

Gradually she was able to go home for a few days every week. Then after 7 months, she was able to go home and continued treatment as an ALYN outpatient. Under the care of ALYN, her progress was dramatic and exceeded all expectations. Seven years ago, she rode a tricycle at the finish line of Wheels of Love to welcome the hundreds of riders who had ridden all week in support of ALYN.

Six years ago, she rode a portion of one day of the ride as a member of the “Swift and the Bold” a team of riders made up of kids who have received treatment at ALYN. The next year, she rode a full day on a tandem bike with veteran ALYN rider Rocky Brody. Every year, she has ridden more. For the past few years, she has been training on her own mountain bike, riding more and more on her own -something that would have been unthinkable just a short time ago.

Yusef's miraculous journey to rehabilitation

This article is a summary translation to English by ALYN Hospital staff of extracts of the original article, which was written by Dana Ben Shimon. Photo credit: Yoav Dodkevich.  

“It was a rainy and stormy evening, Yusef fell down an elevator shaft in the dark, like in a movie,” recalls his father, Kazem. “A neighbor said that there was a child from the Jardat family who fell in a lift,” says the father. “I went down quickly and realised that it was Yusef.

The doctors told me that they couldn’t believe that he was alive after what happened.” Yusef was taken by ambulance to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, with a large fracture that split his face in two. At Hadassah, they performed the unbelievable – they were able to put his skull back together during a complicated operation. He was later transferred to ALYN Hospital for rehabilitation, with his family accompanying him throughout the process.

“When Yusef came to ALYN Hospital, he was not able to get up,” says his father. “Twice a day he underwent physiotherapy. He also received emotional care and a lot of encouragement from the staff. 

Yusef underwent rehabilitation treatment, during which he got back on his feet and began walking again. “We had to teach him how to walk again because he had a very complicated leg fracture. He also had difficulty speaking because of the fracture in his jaw and we helped him with that as well, in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and he was helped to eat independently”, explains Yusef’s accompanying physician in the rehabilitation department of ALYN Hospital. “His head injury was significant, but he was lucky that there was no brain damage. He also had fractures in his skull, and it’s very rare for someone who has experienced such an event to recover relatively quickly.

Recently, as the rehabilitation process progressed and his condition improved, Yusef began to go to the school that was established inside ALYN Hospital and learned Hebrew and English there. 

Of course we’re happy,” says the father. “In recent months I have barely left Yusef’s side, I have been with him all along, and his situation has improved slowly, but now he will be able to return to his family. Lately, he was able to come home on weekends, but now he will finally be able to sleep at home every day. This is the biggest relief.”

Aviel's Victory Run

This article has been summarized and translated to English by ALYN Hospital staff. The original article, written by Lior El Hai, appeared in Yediot Ahronoth on 13 March 2019. Photo credit: Alex Kolomoisky.

Tomorrow, three years after Aviel Avrahamoff’s leg was nearly amputated due to an accident, he will participate in the Jerusalem 5-K Run. The accident happened in Haifa during a fun day which he spent with his family when he was six years old. A driver who accidentally accelerated instead of braking, slid into a field near the road where Aviel was walking with his family and hit him.

Aviel was seriously injured. He was transferred to Rambam Medical Center and was rushed into the operating room. “The doctor told me that the situation was complicated, and it could be possible that in the middle of the operation he would ask me to sign an agreement to amputate Aviel’s entire leg. It was shocking to me that Aviel could return home with only one leg,” recalls Aviel’s mother, Vered.

Fortunately, the operation was successful. From that point on, Aviel began a long and difficult rehabilitation process at ALYN Hospital, in his home town of Jerusalem, which is a facility designed for rehabilitation especially for children and youth.

In the beginning, Aviel couldn’t even stand on the injured leg and found it difficult to move it. Thanks to the intensive and devoted care of the team, slowly but surely he made progress. He was eventually able to stand on both legs and even joined the running group of hospitalized children.

Nurit Stern, a senior physiotherapist at ALYN Hospital, said: “We are not satisfied with the fact that the children will only learn to walk again, therefore we are instilling in them the value of sport, training and overcoming difficulties.” At the end of the rehabilitation period, Aviel returned home, but continued to train with the running team.

Update: Aviel completed the Jerusalem 5-K last year!

Coach's Corner

Check here every month for training and cycling tips from Wheels of Love coaches, ride leaders and professional cyclists.

This month, a 45 minute workout from ALYN Special Projects Director Tal Naveh.

When we can’t ride outdoors, we have to be a little creative. It’s important to keep up both your cardiovascular fitness as well as muscle strength through the winter so that you have a good base once you are ready to ride outdoors.

For this workout, you will need your bike on a trainer. Don’t have a trainer? You can also do this on a treadmill, with a jump rope or using a flight of stairs.

See workout here.


January: Guy Niv

Israel Start-Up Nation team member and Tour de France cyclist Guy Niv shares some winter training tips. Watch the video here.

144 RIDERS
See full list >
DAYSHOURSMINUTESSECS
May 23, 2021
$72,419
Money Raised
72% raised of $100,000
144 RIDERS
See full list >
DAYSHOURSMINUTESSECS
May 23, 2021
$72,419
Money Raised
72% raised of $100,000
Wheels of Love: USA